Exmouth road extension backed in parliament
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An extension to Exmouth’s Dinan Way – an idea that’s been fermenting for 40 years – has been raised in parliament by East Devon MP Simon Jupp, in a debate involving the secretary of state for housing Robert Jenrick.
Mr Jupp is supporting Devon County Council’s bid for £15 million from the government’s Levelling Up Fund, a £4.8 billion kitty for the town centre and high street regeneration, local transport projects, as well as cultural and heritage assets.
The Dinan Way extension is Devon County Council’s priority application to the fund.
The main road through a housing estate largely constructed in the 1970s was always intended to link with the A376 Exmouth to Exeter road.
It never has, even though consultation on possible options come and go. Two options went to public consultation in 2015. Although planning permission was granted two years later, not much has happened since.
Robert Jenrick backed the idea, describing Exmouth as: “Exactly the kind of place that these funds were designed to support.”
Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service earlier this month, Mr Jupp argued that the road might have green credentials, saying: “Sometimes roads can improve local life by actually reducing the amount of emissions because, if you’re at a standing start in your car, you are polluting the local air more than you would do if you’re travelling a bit more smoothly.
“It’s just a no-brainer for me.
“It’s about improving air quality. I don’t see how massive trucks going through the centre of Exmouth to get to the other side of the town is at all helpful for air quality.”
Green Party councillor for Exmouth Town Olly Davey has mixed feelings about the development. He says he understands the need to combat rat runs on Exmouth’s roads, but doubts the extension’s environmental benefits in the long run. He said: “All the evidence shows that building roads simply creates more traffic.
“I think any effect will be marginal, and the new road will soon become as clogged as any other.
“There are far better ways of reducing pollution, and the main one is to reduce reliance on the car by providing better public transport and cycling provision.”